Karen Moss

Professor of Teaching, Critical Studies, and Curatorial Practice

Karen Moss

Karen Moss, is an art historian, curator and educator whose expertise includes contemporary art, curatorial studies, and social practices. As a curator she has organized exhibitions, artists’ residencies, performances, public programs and pedagogical projects locally, nationally and internationally.   

Currently, Moss is curating a retrospective of Alison Knowles, the last living core member of Fluxus that will tour in the US and Europe. She is consulting curator for Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism (2017-18) part of the Getty’s PST LA/LA and co-curated State of Mind: New Art from California Circa 1970 for the Getty’sPST LA initiative (2010-13). For the CURRENT: LA Public Art Biennial (2016), Moss curated projects with Mel Chin and Rirkrit Tiranvanija, among others.    

Moss has held senior curatorial positions at Orange County Museum of Art; San Francisco Art Institute, and Walker Art Center. Earlier in her career she was assistant curator at MOCA, Los Angeles and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Moss has a B.A. in studio art and art history from U.C. Santa Cruz, and received her MA and PhD in art history at USC. She is a frequent guest lecturer and has authored many essays for museum exhibition, arts publications, and scholarly journals. 

Email moss@usc.edu